Naomie Harris is having a pretty terrific week. Yesterday, the actress earned her first Academy Award nomination for her incredible performance in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, and now we have word that she will be starring opposite Dwayne Johnson in one of his biggest upcoming blockbusters.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the news that Naomie Harris has signed a deal that will see her starring in Rampage, the video game adaptation that is set to be directed by Brad Peyton (who previously collaborated with Dwayne Johnson on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas). The trade notes that Harris was attracted to the project because of its fun tone - and while there aren't many details available about her role, she will reportedly play "a geneticist with a moral streak."
Inspired by the arcade game of the same name that debuted all the way back in 1986, Rampage was originally written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop), but the script has since seen rewrites by Carlton Cuse (Lost, San Andreas), Ryan Condal (2014's Hercules), and, most recently, Adam Sztykiel (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip). New Line Cinema is keeping story details under wraps for now, but it has been confirmed that the blockbuster will feature the three biggest icons from the video game:a giant gorilla (George), dinosaur/lizard (Lizzy) and werewolf (Ralph). They will be doing some serious destruction all around North America, and it will be all up to Dwayne Johnson's "animal-loving" hero to save the day.
Moonlight was notably a very small, independent production - but Naomi Harris certainly has plenty of experience in major blockbusters. She's most recently been playing Eve Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig series of James Bond films, and also has a couple of Pirates of the Caribbean movies on her resume. At this time we don't really know anything about the size of her role in Rampage, but she will certainly be prepared for the scale of the production.
Rampage is a film that has been in some form of development going back to 2011, and Dwayne Johnson has been a part of that process for more than a year and a half now. That being said, it finally looks like the gears are legitimately moving, and with the release date coming up in a little more than a year, cameras will surely be rolling very soon. Because of this, there's a very good chance that the next few weeks will be filled with more casting announcements, so be sure to stay tuned for news on that front.
Rampage is set to be released next spring (two weeks before the release of Marvel Studios' The Avengers: Infinity War), scheduled to arrive in a theater near you on April 20, 2018.